What to Watch: September 2015

American Ultra7. American Ultra

This comedy action film tells the story of a stoner who is in fact a government agent and marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. However, thankfully for him, he’s too well-trained and high for them to handle. The leading actors, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, re-team after acting in the hit comedy Adventureland (2009). They seem to work well together and have a great dynamic which pays off as they play two young adults put in an incredibly abnormal situation which will surely bring laughs to the audience.

Released Friday 4th September – watch the trailer here.

Irrational Man6. Irrational Man

From director Woody Allen, who is currently managing to release a film a year, comes Irrational Man. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, a philosophy professor in an existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters a relationship with one of his student. Irrational Man is a quirky comedy, like many of Woody Allen’s films, in which, if you’ve seen a lot of his films before, it may seem like you’re seeing the same thing recycled over and over again. However, the great casting of Phoenix and Stone seem to be a great fit for a comedy about a man who’s possibly having a rather large midlife crisis.

Released Friday 11th September – watch the trailer here.

The Second Mother

5. The Second Mother

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Written and directed by Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert, the film depicts the theme of tensions between various classes in society. Where some accept where they are and how they are treated, others, such as Anna’s daughter, stand up and speak out.

Released Friday 4th September – watch the trailer here.

A Girl at My Door

4. A Girl at My Door

Due to misconduct, a promising police graduate is transferred to a small seaside village. On her first day at the village she meets a young girl whose grandmother has died. To protect her from her stepfather’s abuse, the police officer lets her stay at her house but things turn out to be more mysterious as she gets to know the girl. This is July Jung’s feature length debut that features Doona Bae, known for Cloud Atlas (2012) and Sense8 (2015 -), as the leading actor. The trailer showcases some very intense drama, hopefully leading to a thrilling film, which will be fresh to the eye of filmgoers who enjoy world cinema.

Released Friday 18th September – watch the trailer here.

99 Homes3. 99 Homes

99 Homes is based on the true story of a father who was evicted from his own home by a real estate broker who ends up working for him so he can afford to feed his family. The film stars Andrew Garfield who has shown great acting ability with films such as The Social Network (2010) and Never Let Me Go (2010). Playing the shady real estate broker is Michael Shannon, better known for his roles in Take Shelter (2011) and Man of Steel (2013). This is a nice fresh and original take on greed and survival, and definitely worth going to see.

Released Friday 25th September – watch the trailer here.

Legend2. Legend

Legend stars the brilliant Tom Hardy as the Kray twins, the notorious gangsters who ruled over London in the sixties. Without relying too much on the techniques of Guy Richie, the film will hopefully be full of violence, wit and action. You can definitely expect a strong performance from Tom Hardy, playing the twins with different personalities who inevitably worked together to dominate their territory.

 Released Wednesday 9th September – watch the trailer here.  

The Martian1. The Martian

Based on the bestselling book by Andy Weir, the film is directed by sci-fi legend Ridley Scott and stars a stellar cast with Matt Damon being supported by Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara. The Martian centres a mission to Mars gone wrong, resulting in Matt Damon being stranded on the desert planet. This film will tell the story of survival and show the willingness people will go to help one another. Sci-fi films have been doing extremely well in recent times with the likes of Gravity (2013) and Interstellar (2014), so The Martian will most likely top this year off, especially with Scott on board who is best known for Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982).

Released Wednesday 30th September – watch the trailer here.

What films are you most excited to see this month?

Comment with your thoughts.

– Ali Mendzil


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